On FKTs

The Fastest Known Time concept has gained some popularity recently. I’ve been an enthusiastic participant for many years setting a few FKTs of my own, some of which have since been eclipsed and others remain as of this writing.  As the sport grows and FKTs become more competitive I’d like to share some of my…

Panoramas!

Since the Facebook albums linked to in my previous post are essentially useless for viewing panoramas (because they come out so tiny you can’t see anything), here are some panoramas from last week. Click on the image to see a larger version. My favorite photos from each location are forthcoming in future posts and I…

Sunset

On my run at Pescadero County Park I noticed that a layer of clouds had formed over the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains but it was still sunny out near the Ocean. I knew there would be potential for some great evening light as the sun set underneath the layer of low clouds. Fortunately,…

Catching up on sleep!

It has been nine days since I returned form Colorado and the TransRockies run with an interesting recovery. 113 intense miles over six days was a weekly mileage PR by about 25 miles so I knew I would be dealing with some fatigue. However, the source of even greater lethargy was the lack of sleep…

Yosemite Part II

Before heading to bed, I snapped a few photographs of evening light on Half Dome a few steps from the tent. We were awoken in the morning by a bear roaming through camp. The bear meandered and then walked off after finding no food. We saw the value of the bear boxes in keeping the…

Yosemite Part I

Serena and I visited the iconic Yosemite Valley on Memorial Day and camped overnight at the Lower Pines campground. We enjoyed a spectacular hike of Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls and toured the sights of the valley. I also ran the 13 mile Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. This was Serena’s first visit to Yosemite Valley…

Point Reyes – Headlands

After the trail run through Bear Valley, we drove to the northern portion of Point Reyes National Seashore, which is drastically different from the southern portion. There is no forest and the hills are much smaller. A significant portion of the area near Drakes Bay is a saltwater estuary and marsh. At over 10 miles…

Pescadero State Beach

After a quick stop at Arcangeli’s Bakery in Pescadero to get some of the famous hot artichoke garlic bread, we went to Pescadero Beach for a picnic and enjoyed the sunshine.

Beautiful Bay Area Gallery

I have accumulated enough nice photos from my trail runs around the Bay Area to create a photo gallery! If you follow my blog these pictures should be familiar, but it always looks different when placed in a compilation format. I hope to someday create region-specific galleries for the Peninsula, Marin County, East Bay, Big…

Ano Nuevo Elephant Seals

A few weeks ago we went to sea the largest breeding colony of northern elephant seals in the world at Ano Nuevo State Reserve along the San Mateo coastline. The breeding season begins in the end of December and lasts through mid-March with the peak between the last week of January and first week of…

Gray Whale Cove State Beach

Gray Whale Cove State Beach is a sheltered beach nestled in the cliffs of Devil’s Slide. It’s amazing that such a rugged beach exists so close to the concrete streets of San Francisco. The slopes of Montara Mountain rise abruptly from the ocean creating a very impressive backdrop. A steep road and then a very…

Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park

Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park is known for the iconic McWay Falls, which is the epitome of Big Sur promotional travel material. A short path leads to this extremely photogenic waterfall that is walked by nearly every traveler through Big Sur. This attraction is heaven for tripods and large SLRs! Here is a photo of…